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Japan’s Word of the Year 2015 Nominees: the 10 Most Interesting Words!

As we head towards the end of 2015 it is time for the announcement of the 50 nominees for the Word of the Year, done by large Japanese publisher Juyu Kokumin Sha. Every year during November, the publisher selects a set of terms which have made an impact on the Japanese popular culture over recent…

The Ultimate Test For Language Enthusiasts – Kanji Kentei

It is no surprise that Japan has a very deep affection for problem solving and quizzes. Two of the most famous Japanese puzzles–the Sudoku and Kakuro–has even made other countries’ people hooked as well. Quiz shows are also ubiquitous among TV shows. Many tests have been designed also in order to test your knowledges of…

Meet 3 of Japan’s Most Celebrated Contemporary Writers

Japanese literature is indeed prolific in literary traditions spanning two millennia of writing. Some of Japan’s post-world war writers are Nobel Prize laureates for literature, i.e. Yasunari Kawabata (1968) and Kenzaburo Oe (1994).   lamesilladenoche.blogspot.com/ One of the most celebrated female novelists in Japan is Lady Murasaki, author of the most important literary treasures of…

6 Words About the Nebuta Festival That You Need To Know

Every year during the Nebuta Matsuri Festival a contest is held for the coveted Nebuta Grand Prize. According to the director of Sunroad Aomori, Kushibiki Junji who led his team to the title in 2011, the participants are not only judged on their festival floats, but also on the way the group breathes life into…

3 Ekiben Meals to Help You Sample Local Flavors!

Your trip to Japan will definitely not be complete if you fail to sample ekiben. Ekiben is a combination of the words “eki” (i.e. train station) and “bento” (i.e. lunch box) which when you combine together literally means lunch box at a train station. These ekiben have long been standing in Japan for decades with…

Meet 3 of Japan’s Celebrity Robots!

The world of robotics technology has already come a long way. Japan, as one of the world’s leaders in humanoid robotics, has shown that robots are not only meant to be used as tools to help us people in our daily lives but can also be used to entertain us. Evolving from a simple tool…

My Number: How It Works and What to Expect

Finally, Japan has launched its first social security and tax identification number (dubbed “My Number”) which will take effect in January 2016. This new identification system has a unique 12-digit ID that will be assigned to each citizen that will remain unchanged for his or her lifetime. Given the fast growing demand of information, the…

Learn All About the “Lucky Cat” Maneki-Neko!

It looks like these cats called maneki-neko are rallying up against something with their paws up seemingly urging everyone to make a change. But, these cats of different sizes and colors are believed to bring luck and fortune – probably one of the reasons why they are a common sight in the entrance of a…

Five of the Most Famous Animal Celebs in Japan

Japan is home to a diverse array of wildlife from bears, to monkeys, to foxes and raccoons so much that some prefectures even made these animals as one of their insignia such as Kuma of Kumamoto.   dogsmakeeverythingbetter.com/ Diversity aside, there are famous animals in the country that have gained so much popularity that their…

Bosai: Preparing for Disasters and What to Do When They Happen

The word bosai may have a broad meaning, but it is most commonly associated with disaster preparedness and taking actions when such catastrophes strike. This word is taught to children at an early age and the government regularly conducts public awareness campaigns and earthquake drills around September 1, which is also the anniversary of the…